Powell gave credit to not only Mather but to her Red Dragon Martial Arts Master Ben Marsh as he has been training her from the beginning, even though he wasn’t able to make the trip. She said,“Ben is such a great coach. He expects the most out of you and if you slack off at all he isn’t afraid to yell at you just to get you back focused on your training.”While over in Maui, Mather stated the twelve-year-old martial artist was invited to events in Toronto and Las Vegas in early 2018. Maui, Hawaii – Twelve-year-old Mikah Powell returned home Wednesday from Hawaii after a very successful Taekwondo International Championship.The grade seven student at Bert Bowes Middle School traveled overseas last Wednesday along with coach and stepfather Jody Mather for her first international competition. She ended up bringing home two silver medals and a gold medal in the three events she participated in. Mikah Powell said,“I felt I performed very well, we have been training for a while, up to four days a week and two hours a day. The training I did over there was taken very seriously. There was no time for games at the end of each session, they trained us hard.”On Saturday the yellow belt faced competition from Montreal, Alaska and South Korea and felt that the competition was the some of the best she has ever faced. Each match consists of two rounds in each match with each round consisting of two minutes each, the winner is based on how many points they receive for placement of kicks or knockout.- Advertisement -Mather felt that Powell handled herself extremely well as she has been involved in the sport for four years now. As there’s a big difference in the martial arts style in the United States, even though it’s the same age group. He said,“The Taekwondo in the United States is very different compared to in Canada. It was a very big learning curve for Mikah. We don’t dive into the nitty-gritty of the sport like they do in the U.S., it’s very vicious.”Advertisement
When Apple removes a game or other app from the App Store it’s usually because one or more of the many rules has been broken. But in the case of Sweatshop HD, the game just made Apple uncomfortable, and it’s hard to argue your case as a developer against that.Sweatshop HD was created by BAFTA-winning creative studio Littleloud. It has tower defense gameplay mechanics, but tasks the player with running a sweatshop producing clothing and footwear. It is aimed at young people in a bid to get them thinking about where the clothes we buy come from and the conditions workers in some of these factories suffer through.Over its 30 levels the player has to deal with ever larger orders, more types of products to make, but also problems like fires, no toilets, unions, and employees getting tired or ill. It’s realistic because the choice of what to do–look after the workers or complete the orders–falls to the player, and hopefully teaches them the difficulties in balancing the two in the process.For Apple though, such an educational game ended up being too uncomfortable for them to sell. And although it was allowed on to the App Store in November last year, it has since been removed. Littleloud tried to get the game back by making it clear in the app that it was fictional. They also informed Apple that the charity Labor Behind the Label was involved to ensure everything being depicted was true to life.Sweatshop HD remains missing from the App Store, though, and is unlikely to return. That seems totally unfair as it was educational and Apple’s response clearly shows it doesn’t want apps to deal with difficult issues. This isn’t the first example of such behavior either, as Apple also decided to remove Phone Story from sale back in 2011.The good news is, you can still play Sweatshop as it was also released as a browser-based Flash game.